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Winter weather precautions

20 January 2021

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Gallagher offers practical steps that can help agents and their clients reduce the risk of damage to property as areas of the nation are set to see further warnings of more inclement weather to come. Damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in repairs and disruption. Read More...

Concerns raised over new energy efficiency proposals

20 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on Improving the Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and Wales by highlighting a number of concerns. These relate to affordability and the need to look beyond a one-size fits all policy and develop proposals that work with the different age, condition, and size of properties in the private rented sector. Read More...

Change smoke and carbon rules for earlier checks

19 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on extending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations in England, arguing that the rules should be amended so that landlords and agents must make sure the alarms are tested prior to the start of the tenancy and not on the first day of each new tenancy. Read More...

Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures released

Friday 01 March 2019

The Scottish Government have confirmed 367 agents have had their applications approved and have now been issued with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN). This is on a total of only 889 applications received to date.

There are currently another 100 applications in progress and the Scottish Government have requested these agents exhibit the relevant documentation which supports their application.

Over 50 applications have been received from agents who are operating without a client account and the Government are doing everything possible to make sure these agents will have one in place once the time period limit to process an application, the 2 October 2019, arrives.

So far 97 business who have not submitted a registration application have been investigated.  67 of those have been issued with compliance letters and 1 issued with a power to obtain a further information order.

Further action

The Scottish Government are encouraging sector engagement and further information on those that are suspected to be operating as an agent but haven’t applied for registration. Share your information with Daryl McIntosh or direct to the Government Dept. 

Helpful information

Members can download our unique Fact Sheet, that breaks down the legislation and what exactly agents and property managers must do. Log in and download the Fact Sheet.

As an extra help, the ‘Safe Guarding Your Money’ leaflet is available to purchase from our online shop, which you can distribute to your landlords and their tenants.

News article - Scottish letting agents must ensure that they have joined the Register of Letting Agents, or they’ll be breaking the law.